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Mar 10 2009

Whole Chicken and Fresh Focaccia Bread

Published by at 11:45 am under Cooking at Home

My apologies for the lack of updates in the past couple of weeks! It’s been a hectic time with starting a new job and going on vacation (not necessarily a good combination!). In any case, I’m back to post some dishes we made a few weeks ago. Now that things will go back to normal, I expect to update again on a regular basis!

Occasionally we purchase whole chickens at the market because it's such a good deal. So this is something you can do: simply put butter and seasonings all over the chicken (we used garlic powder, paprika, s&p, dried herbs) and we stuffed the cavity of the chicken with garlic, onions and lemon. Then throw in whatever vegetables you have in the fridge into the baking pan to cook together.

Occasionally we purchase whole chickens at the market because it's such a good deal. So this is something you can do: simply put butter and seasonings all over the chicken (we used garlic powder, paprika, s&p, dried herbs) and we stuffed the cavity of the chicken with garlic, onions and lemon. Then throw in whatever vegetables you have in the fridge into the baking pan to cook together.

We left it in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour. You can check to see if it's done by sticking in a thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken. Once it gets browned like this, you can take it out and enjoy!

We left it in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour. You can check to see if it's done by sticking in a thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken. Once it gets browned like this, you can take it out and enjoy!

A few nights after we made the chicken, we sought out Daniel's Professional Baking book from his days in culinary school. Our goal: to make some fresh home-made bread.

A few nights after we made the chicken, we sought out Daniel's Professional Baking book from his days in culinary school. Our goal: to make some fresh home-made bread.

We came across a recipe for Olive Focaccia. The main thing we needed to know was how to make the dough! You can follow these instructions (which in my opinion is too technical for someone like me).

We came across a recipe for Olive Focaccia. The main thing we needed to know was how to make the dough! You can follow these instructions (which in my opinion is too technical for someone like me).

Using the handy dandy Kitchenaid mixer, we took the ingredients and mixed it to form this dough.

Using the handy dandy Kitchenaid mixer, we took the ingredients and mixed it to form this dough.

Once it's done, the dough should be this size.

Once it's done, the dough should be this size.

Let the dough rest for about an hour and a half. It should then blow up and look like this! Isn't it great to see food growing?

Let the dough rest for about an hour and a half. It should then blow up and look like this! Isn't it great to see food growing?

We flattened the dough out into a baking pan and topped it with our own fresh ingredients, like olives, sundried tomatoes, and rosemary. (The one thing we forgot to do was add the olives into the dough while we were mixing)! But alas, it still turned out good. It's delicious to eat with balsamic vinaigrette, and not to mention that the entire house smelled like fresh bread. Can't get better than that!

We flattened the dough out into a baking pan and topped it with our own fresh ingredients, like olives, sundried tomatoes, and rosemary. (The one thing we forgot to do was add the olives into the dough while we were mixing)! But alas, it still turned out good. It's delicious to eat with balsamic vinaigrette, and not to mention that the entire house smelled like fresh bread. Can't get better than that!

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One Response to “Whole Chicken and Fresh Focaccia Bread”

  1. noobcookon 11 Mar 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Both the roast chicken and bread looks perfect. What a wonderful meal.

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